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Ira Kaufman’s picks in today’s NFL games

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Saints-Bears, 1 p.m. (Fox, Ch. 13)

WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago

GAME PLAN: The Bears are masterful at forcing turnovers in the Windy City, but the unbeaten Saints are plus-5 in turnover ratio heading into today’s matchup.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Bears, 27-16

Patriots-Bengals, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

GAME PLAN: Instead of yelling at rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots QB Tom Brady has learned to appreciate his new weapon.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Bengals, 23-20

Lions-Packers, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.

GAME PLAN: Green Bay has dominated this divisional series, and there could be 100 footballs in the air today.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Packers, 38-28

Seahawks-Colts, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

GAME PLAN: Seattle’s nine-game winning streak is in serious jeopardy against a Colts team that is playing some big-time defense.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Seahawks, 20-16

Ravens-Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS, Ch. 10)

WHERE: Sun Life Stadium, Miami

GAME PLAN: Baltimore needs to establish a better ground game, especially on the road.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Dolphins, 24-17

Eagles-Giants, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

GAME PLAN: If QB Eli Manning can’t snap out of his funk against this defense, the Giants are in for a very long season.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Eagles, 30-27

Jaguars-Rams, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

GAME PLAN: The wheels have fallen off for the Rams in recent weeks, but here comes the cavalry.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Rams, 35-14

Chiefs-Titans, 1 p.m.

WHERE: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

GAME PLAN: The Chiefs and Titans are tied for the NFL lead with plus-9 turnover differentials, instrumental in their sizzling starts.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Chiefs, 20-10

Panthers-Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

GAME PLAN: Two solid defenses hook up in the desert, where Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald could have his way in crunch time.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Panthers, 16-13

Broncos-Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

(CBS, Ch. 10)

WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

GAME PLAN: Monte Kiffin’s Dallas D must slow Peyton Manning, off to perhaps the best QB start in the NFL’s 94-year history.

KAUFMAN’S CALL: Broncos, 34-27

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